What is this course about?

This is a two year course that aims to develop the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of sport and physical activity. Gaining an insight to the sports sector, opening opportunities for experience to take with them in their future career, whether that be for employment or further education. This course consists of a range of assessments, including unit exams, assignments and work projects.

What you will study?

Unit 1 Body systems and the effects of physical activity:

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the structures and functions of the key body systems, how these support and impact performance in sport and physical activity and the effects that physical activity, training and lifestyle can have on them.

Unit 2 Sports coaching and activity leadership:

This unit will give you an understanding behind the theory of what makes good sports coaches and activity leaders and methods that can be employed to improve the performance of participants. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of coaches and leaders and how these differ from each other and others involved in delivering and teaching sport and physical activity. The main part of the unit is related to you developing the skills and understanding necessary to effectively plan and deliver a series of sports or activity sessions reflecting on your own practice and using this feedback to improve your performance as a sports coach or activity leader.

Unit 3 Sports organisation and development:

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. You will also gain an understanding of sports development, including the organisations involved, who sports development is targeted at and why, how sports development is carried out and how the success of sports development initiatives can be measured.

Unit 4 Organisation of sports events:

This unit is designed for you to develop skills in planning, promoting and delivering a sports event; with a focus primarily on your individual role as well as working as part of a team and reflecting on your input and future personal development. This unit will enable you to establish transferrable skills which can be used within sport and active leisure as well as within the fitness industry. It will also enhance skills such as team work, organisation and safeguarding awareness.

Unit 5 Practical skills in sport and physical activity:

This unit gives you the opportunity to participate in a number of different sports and outdoor and adventurous activities which allows you to experience first-hand situations that participants you may later be coaching or leading will come across. In this unit you will learn how to apply skills, tactics, techniques and knowledge in individual sports, team sports and outdoor and adventurous activities which will allow you to participate effectively, safely and enjoyably.

What will it prepare you for?

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines. For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A levels in Business and Maths
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A level in English Language
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science

Subject entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade 4 in English and Science.
  • A keen interest in sport having participated in physical activity to a good level
  • Willing to coach/lead others while working as a team.